The Merry Wiues of Windsor.
If it be confessed, it is not redressed; is not that
Page?) he hath wrong'd me, indeed
he hath, at a
word he hath: beleeue me, Robert Shallow Esquire, saith
he is wronged.
Here comes Sir Iohn.
Now, Master Shallow, you'll
complaine of me to
Knight, you haue beaten my men, kill'd my
broke open my Lodge.
But not kiss'd your Keepers daughter?
Tut, a pin: this shall be answer'd.
I will answere it strait, I haue done all this:
That is now answer'd.
The Councell shall know this.
'Twere better for you if it were known in
you'll be laugh'd at.
Pauca verba; (Sir Iohn) good worts.
Good worts? good Cabidge; Slender, I broke
your head: what matter haue you against me?
Marry sir, I haue matter in my head against you,
against your cony‑catching Rascalls, Bardolf, Nym,
You Banbery Cheese.
I, it is no matter.
How now, Mephostophilus?
I, it is no matter.
Slice, I say; pauca, pauca: Slice, that's my humor.
Where's Simple my man? can you
Eua. Peace, I pray
you: now let vs vnderstand: there
is three Vmpires
in this matter, as I vnderstand; that is,
Master Page (fidelicet
Master Page,) & there is my
(fidelicet my selfe) and the three party is
(lastly, and finally)
of the Gater.
We three to hear it, & end it between them.
Ferry goo't, I will make a priefe of it in my
note‑booke, and we wil afterwards orke vpon the
with as great discreetly as we can.
He heares with eares.
The Teuill and his Tam: what phrase is this?
he heares with
eare? why, it is affectations.
Pistoll, did you picke M. Slenders purse?
I, by these gloues did hee, or I would I might
in mine owne great chamber againe else, of
in mill‑sixpences, and two Edward
that cost me two shilling and
two pence a
peece of Yead Miller:
by these gloues.
Is this true, Pistoll?
No, it is false, if it is a picke‑purse.
Ha, thou mountaine Forreyner: Sir Iohn,
Master mine, I combat challenge of this Latine
word of deniall in thy labras here; word of denial; froth,
and scum thou
By these gloues, then 'twas he.
Be auis'd sir, and passe good humours: I will
marry trap with you, if you runne the nut‑hooks
on me, that is the very note of it.
By this hat, then he in the red face had it: for
cannot remember what I did when you made
me drunke, yet I
am not altogether an asse.
What say you Scarlet, and Iohn?
Why sir, (for my part) I say the Gentleman had
himselfe out of his fiue sentences.
It is his fiue sences: fie, what the ignorance
And being fap, sir, was (as they say) casheerd: and
conclusions past the Car‑eires.
I, you spake in Latten then to: but 'tis no
Ile nere be drunk whilst I liue
againe, but in honest,
ciuill, godly company for
this tricke: if I be drunke, Ile
be drunke with those that
haue the feare of God, and not
with drunken knaues.
So got‑udge me, that is a vertuous minde.
You heare all these matters deni'd, Gentlemen;
Nay daughter, carry the wine in, wee'll
Oh heauen: This is Mistresse Anne
How now Mistris Ford?
by my troth you are very wel met:
by your leaue good
Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome: come,
we haue a hot
Venison pasty to dinner; Come gentle
hope we shall drinke downe all vnkindnesse.
I had rather then forty shillings I had my booke
and Sonnets heere: How now Simple, where
haue you beene? I must wait on my selfe, must
haue not the booke of Riddles about you, haue
Booke of Riddles? why did you not lend it to
Alice Short‑cake vpon Alhallowmas
last, a fortnight afore
Come Coz, come Coz, we stay for you: a word
Coz: marry this, Coz: there is as 'twere a ten
a kinde of tender, made a farre‑off by Sir
doe you vnderstand
I Sir, you shall finde me reasonable; if it be so,
I shall doe that that is reason.
Nay, but vnderstand me.
So I doe Sir.
Giue eare to his motions; (Mr. Slender) I
description the matter to you, if you be capacity of
Nay, I will doe as my Cozen Shallow saies:
pray you pardon me, he's a Iustice of Peace
in his Countrie,
simple though I stand
But that is not the question: the question is
concerning your marriage.
I, there's the point Sir.
Marry is it: the very point of it, to Mr. An
Why if it be so; I will marry her vpon any reasonable
But can you affection the 'o‑man, let
to know that of your mouth, or of your lips:
Philosophers hold, that the lips is parcell of
therfore precisely, cancā you carry your
good wil to yͤ maid?
Cosen Abraham Slender, can you loue
I hope sir, I will do as it shall become one that
Nay, got's Lords, and his Ladies, you must speake
possitable, if you can carry‑her your desires
That you must: Will you, (vpon good dowry) marry
I will doe a greater thing then that, vpon your
request (Cosen) in any reason.
Nay conceiue me, conceiue mee, (sweet Coz):
What I doe is
to pleasure you (Coz:) can you loue the
I will marry her (Sir) at your request; but if
bee no great loue in the beginning, yet Heauen
decrease it vpon better acquaintance, when wee
married, and haue more occasion to know one ano
I hope vpon familiarity will grow more content:
if you say mary‑her, I will mary‑her, that I am
dissolued, and dissolutely.